Without the help of a TelePrompTer or script, Powell talked about world events, politics, building a successful team.
As I was listening to I remembered reading his 13 Rules of Leaders, first published back in 1989 in Parade Magazine. I reprint them here:
- It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done.
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can't make someone else's choices.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision.
- Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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